5 Reasons the Miami Heat Struggle Against Bad Teams

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5 Reasons the Miami Heat Struggle Against Bad Teams
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Dwyane Wade has taken on better Pistons than he'll encounter Friday.

Sometimes, it seems as if the Heat are abiding by a mercy rule.

Every night Miami plays, it rolls out one of the more talented rosters in recent memory, one featuring the game's top player, three others who have combined for 25 All-Star appearances and a supporting cast of proven veterans.

And so, on those nights that the Heat face one of the league's lesser lights, it would seem inevitable that Erik Spoelstra's squad would roll over the opposition.

Instead, such domination has been the anomaly, even with the Heat leading the East with a 20-6 record.

Miami needed a late surge to beat the Suns, a clutch triple by Ray Allen to squeeze by the Cavaliers and everything it could muster to nip a Spurs team missing its top six players. 

It lost to woeful Washington, gave up 32 first-quarter points to New Orleans before getting serious and then let the Bobcats within two points late before pulling away. 

Yes, the same Bobcats who have now lost 16 straight. 

Next, the Heat play the Pistons, another team still short of double-digit wins this season. Yet, somehow, one gets the feeling it will be closer than anyone expects.

Why does this keep happening?


All quotes were collected as part of the author's work covering the Heat for The Palm Beach Post. All statistics were current as of Dec. 27.

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